DESOTO — To all the national and state pollsters, state No. 3 DeSoto took care of business in a 55-20 rout of Mansfield Timberview on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
But the final score was not indicative of the play on the field.
Timberview gave DeSoto all it could handle, trailing by eight as the game headed into the fourth quarter.
Timberview (5-1, 2-1 District 7-5A) jumped out to an early 13-0 lead thanks to two fumble recoveries by senior defensive back Ryan Dean.
Dean fell on a muffed punt return that had trickled into the end zone just minutes into the game for Timberview’s first touchdown.
On the next play, he recovered a fumbled kickoff, leading to a 20-yard Nicholas James run to give the Wolves a 13-0 lead.
DeSoto (6-0, 3-0)countered with 21 straight points in the first half, beginning with a 12-yard run by senior running back Jaimon Peterson. The touchdown run was one of three for Peterson.
Peterson finished as the Eagles’ second-leading rusher with 64 yards.
DeSoto’s defense also had an answer for the early Timberview lead as senior TCU commitment Nick Orr blocked a punt and scored from 30 yards, giving DeSoto a 14-13 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Timberview would find the end zone one final time as quarterback Tevin Muse connected with Okuzor Radiance for a 44-yard touchdown on a post route.
Muse finished 9 for 26 for 114 yards and a touchdown.
However, the fourth quarter was DeSoto quarterback Desmon White’s show.
White scored on a 68-yard run on the first play of the quarter.
He then connected with Nadarrian Nixon for a 52-yard touchdown pass with just under seven minutes to play.
After Jaimon Peterson’s final score of the game, set up by a 19-yard run by White on fourth-and-15, White scored on a 59-yard run.
White posted 146 yards passing and led all rushers with 218 yards on 16 carries.
Jaimon Peterson of DeSoto scores one of his three touchdowns late in the game against Mansfield Timberview.
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